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1 Timothy 3 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:1 - Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:2 - Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:3 - not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:4 - He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[fn] respect.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:5 - (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:6 - He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:7 - He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:8 - In the same way, deacons[fn] are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:9 - They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:10 - They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:11 - In the same way, the women[fn] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:12 - A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:13 - Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:14 - Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:15 - if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:16 - Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,[fn] was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
NIV Footnotes
Or him with proper
The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1.
Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons
Or vindicated in spirit

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